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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Definitions for tommyrot

  1. nonsense; utter foolishness.

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Citations for tommyrot
Then, as he saluted to acknowledge his tip, he added in the wheezy voice of the man of all weathers: "Tommy-rot, I call it, sir.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist, 1926
Mr. Ives ran a finger around the inside of his standing collar. "Tommyrot! Perfect and—and—utter—tommyrot!" Wilbur Daniel Steele, "Clay and the Cloven Hoof," Harper's Monthly Magazine, June to November, 1919
Origin of tommyrot
Tommyrot entered English in the late 1800s and is related to the word tomfool, a term that describes a grossly foolish or stupid person.